Monday, July 14, 2014

SDB II steps up integration work

Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter's ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. SDB II can strike targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both soft and armored targets while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 07/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center, and manages SDB Increment II.